I was shocked and saddened today to learn that Colonel Bruce Hampton died on stage playing with friends in Atlanta on his 70th birthday. Hampton was a legend in the jam band community and a leader of the incredibly funky Aquarium Rescue Unit. I was able to see him perform with the Unit several times at the Wetlands in New York City over the years and each show was memorable in its own right. Hampton will be greatly missed. Here is a track from an Aquarium Rescue Unit performance from 11/20/93 at the Wetlands. It’s title, “No Reason to Complain” seemed fitting for how he left the world.
Guitarists Aaron Maxwell and Lo Faber, keyboardist Jon Bevo, bassist Dan Pifer and drummer Tom Osander will hit the road in early August for three highly anticipated shows. They will be on deck at the Peach Music Festival (date to be determined), Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Thursday August 10th and they will finish up at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Saturday August 12th.
God Street Wine does not get out much these days and catching one of these shows should be a priority for anyone who digs their music.